....American Indian Quotes....

....Read 'em and Weep....

This is the year 2005. As far as we know in the year 1492 the first "Holocaust" began against a race of people that were on this land for millenniums. The American Indian are still discriminated against in unbelievable ways. Treaties made in good faith, are not honored, and still being broken. Indian land and sacred ground, including burial grounds, are still being desecrated and taken away at the discretion of the American Government. The Yucca Mountains, are going to be a nuclear waste site dump, under Senate Joint Resolution 34. On July 9th, 2002 the Senate voted 60-39 to overturn Nevada's veto of the proposed high-level radioactive waste dump at Yucca Mountain, capitulating to the nuclear industry's well-financed lobby despite broad-based opposition from environmental and public interest organizations! The Yucca Mountains site lay on an earthquake fault. On June 15, 2002 there were earthquake tremors! The fact that this ground is considered sacred to the Shoshone and the Pauite never came under consideration. Yucca Mountain is located within the Western Shoshone Nation; the mountain and the surrounding area were NEVER deeded to the U.S. government. In fact, most of the area now used by the U.S. military for nuclear weapons testing and waste storage was explicitly recognized as Shoshone land. And who is the American Government....WE ARE SUPPOSE TO BE! The American Indian doesn't have the rights that any other minority race in this country is afforded. I hope this makes you stop and think!




When There Was War

Always Lies and Deceit

Spirituality

Awareness




When there was War
I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heapen and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A peoples dream died there. It was a beautiful dream....the nations hoop is broken and scattered. There is no center any longer, and the sacred tree is dead.

"Black Elk, Lakota"

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I am tired of fighting, our chiefs are all killed, the old men are all dead, the little children are freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children see how many of them I can find, maybe I shall find them amoung the dead. Hear me my chiefs, I am tired, my heart is sick and sad from where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.

"Heinmot Tooyalaket "Chief Joseph" Nez Perce"

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With a prayer in my mouth I dashed unarmed through a line of soldiers my clothes were cut to piece my horse was wounded but I was not hurt, as I reached the door of my lodge my wife handed me my rifle saying "here's your gun....fight"

"Heinmot Tooyalaket "Chief Joseph" Nez Perce"

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All we wanted was peace and to be let alone! Soldiers came....in the winter....and destroyed our villages. Then Long Hair, (Custer) came....They said we massacred him, but he would have done the same to us. Our first impulse was to escape....but we were so hemmed in we had to fight. After that I lived in peace, but the government would not let me alone. I was not allowed to remain quiet. I was tired of fighting.... They tried to confine me....and a soldier ran his bayonet into me. I have spoken.

"Tashanka Witko "Chief Crazy Horse" - Oglala"
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Then ALWAYS the Lies and Deceit


"We did not ask you white men to come here. The Great Spirit gave us this country as a home. You had yours. We did not interfere with you. The Great Spirit gave us plenty of land to live on, and buffalo, deer, antelope and other game. But you have come here, you are taking my land from me, you are killing off our game, so it is hard for us to live.
Now, you tell us to work for a living, but the Great Spirit did not make us to work, but to live by hunting. You white men can work if you want to. We do not interfere with you, and again you say why do you not become civilized? We do not want your civilization! We would live as our fathers did, and their fathers before them."

"Chief Crazy Horse"

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Whose voice was first sounded on this land? The voice of the red people who had but bows, and arrows....What has been done in my country I did not want, did not ask for it; white people going through my country.... When the white man comes in my country he leaves a trail of blood behind him....I have two mountains in that country....The Black Hills and the Big Horn Mountain. I want the great father to make no roads through them. I have told these things three times; now I have come here to tell them the fourth time.

"Mahpiua Luta "Red Cloud" Oglala Lakota"

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"The Great Spirit raised both the white man and the Indian. I think he raised the Indian first. He raised me in this land, it belongs to me. The white man was raised over the great waters, and his land is over there. Since they crossed the sea, I have given them room. There are now white people all about me. I have but a small spot of land left. The Great Spirit told me to keep it."

"Mahpiua Luta "Red Cloud" Oglala Lakota"

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"If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace....Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it....Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade....free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty."

"Heinmot Tooyalaket "Chief Joseph" Nez Perce"

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The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should be left as it was.... The Country was made without lines of demarcation and it is no mans business to divide it.... I see the white all over the country gaining wealth and see their desire to give us lands which are worthless. The earth and myself are of one mind. The measure of land and the measure of our bodies are the same. Say it to us if you can say it, that you were sent by Creative Power to talk to us. Perhaps you think the creator sent you here to destroy us as you see fit If I thought you were sent by the creator I might be I might be induced to think you had a right to dispose of me. Do not misunderstand me, but understand me fully with reference to my affection to the land. I never said the land was mine to do with as I chose. The one who has a right to dispose of it is the one who has created it. I claim a right to live on my land, and accord you the privilage to live on yours.

"Heinmot Tooyalaket "Chief Joseph" Nez Perce"

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They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they kept one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

"Mahpiua Luta "Red Cloud" Oglala Lakota"

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One does not sell the land upon which people walk.

"Tashanka Witko "Chief Crazy Horse" Oglala"

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As a child I understood how to give, I have forgotten this grace since I have become civilized.

"Luther Standing Bear - Oglala"

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Where no one intrudes, many can live in harmony.

"Chief Dan George"

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We want no white person or persons here. The Black Hills belong to me. If the whites try to take them, I will fight.

"Tatanka Yotanka "Sitting Bull" Hunkpapa Lakota"

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"The white man says, there is freedom and justice for all. We have had "freedom and justice," and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not forget this."

From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians
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But they COULDN'T take away the Spirituality


"We are taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets: that hereafter he will give every man a spirit-home according to his deserts....This I believe, and all my people believe the same."

"Chief Joseph - Nez Perce"

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You have noticed that everything that an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round....The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours....Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.

"Black Elk - Oglala"

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"....all things share the same breath....the beast, the tree, the man....the air shares it's spirit with all the life it supports."

"Chief Seattle - Dwamish"

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"Treat the earth well:
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our
Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

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The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged....

"Luther Standing Bear - Oglala"

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The Great Spirit is in all things: he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the earth is our mother. She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us.

"Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki Algonquin"

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Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom....an intense and absorbing love for nature; a respect for life; enriching faith in a Supreme Power; and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations.

"Luther Standing Bear - Oglala"

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In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon should man learn.... all things tell of Tirawa.

Eagle Chief (Letakots-Lesa) Pawnee"

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"All things in the world are two. In our mind we are two -- good and evil. With our eyes we see two things....things that are fair and things that are ugly....we have the right hand that strikes and makes for evil, and the left hand full of kindness, near the heart. One foot may lead us to an evil way, the other foot may lead us to a good. So are all things two, all two."

"Eagle Chief (Letakots-Lesa) Pawnee"

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"Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library and its books were the stones, leaves, grass, brooks and the birds and animals that shared, alike with us, the storms and blessings of the earth. We learn to do what only the student of nature ever learns, and that is to feel beauty. We never rail at the storms, the furious winds, the biting frosts and snows. To do so intensifies human futility, so whatever comes we should adjust ourselves by more effort and energy if necessary, but without complaint. Bright days and dark days are both expressions of the Great Mystery, and the Indian reveled in being close the Great Holiness."

"Chief Luther Standing Bear"

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We had no churches, no religious organization, no sabbath days, no holidays, and yet we worshiped. Sometimes the whole tribe would assemble and sing and pray: sometimes a smaller number, perhaps only two or three. The songs had a few words, but were not formal. The singer would occasionally put in such words as he wished instead of the usual tone sound. Sometimes we prayed in silence; sometimes each prayed aloud; sometimes an aged person prayed for all of us. At other times one would rise and speak to us of our duties to each other and to Usen. Our services were short.

"Geronimo (Goyahkla) Chiricahua Apache"

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"Respect means listening until everyone has been heard and understood, only then is there a possibility of "Balance and Harmony" the goal of Indian Spirituality."

"Dave Chief, Grandfather of Red Dog"

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"When we walk upon Mother Earth, we always plant our feet carefully because we know the faces of our future generations are looking up at us from beneath the ground. We never forget them."

"Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation"

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"There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom traveled, which leads to an unkown, secret place. The old people came literally to love the soil, and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. Their teepees were built upon the earth and their altar's were made of earth. The soul was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing. That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him."

"Chief Luther Standing Bear"
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Awareness


"The Indian survived our open
intention of wiping them out.
And since the tide turned they
have even weathered our good
intentions toward them, which
can be more deadly."
~ John Steinbeck....American and Americans ~
 

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